China building a counter-terrorism base in northern Afghanistan

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Source: The Hindu

China will fund the construction of a counter-terrorism base in Badakshan province in northern Afghanistan to block cross-border infiltration of the ethnic Uyghur militants.

Fergana News Agency (FNA) quoted Gen. Dawlat Waziri of the Afghan defence ministry as saying that China would provide financial support to build the base, whose location is yet to the determined.

Gen. Waziri said the Chinese help would cover all material (weaponry, uniforms for soldiers, military equipment) expenses and technical costs.

The decision to build the facility was taken during last month’s visit to China by Afghanistan Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami. He met his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan, and Gen. Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission.

According to ChinaMilitary, a website affiliated to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Gen. Xu said during his meeting with Mr. Bahrami that China was willing to “strengthen pragmatic cooperation in areas of military exchange and anti-terrorism, and safeguard the security of the two countries and the region, making contributions to the development of China-Afghanistan strategic partnership of cooperation”.

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